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A House in Fez The Medina The Old City Of Fez Is The Best Preserved, Medieval Walled City In The World Inside This Vibrant Moroccan Community, Internet Cafes And Mobile Phones Coexist With A Maze Of Donkey Trod Alleyways, Thousand Year Old Sewer Systems, And Arab Style Houses, Gorgeous With Intricate, If Often Shabby, Mosaic Work While Vacationing In Morocco, Suzanna Clarke And Her Husband, Sandy, Are Inspired To Buy A Dilapidated, Centuries Old Riad In Fez With The Aim Of Restoring It To Its Original Splendor, Using Only Traditional Craftsmen And Handmade Materials So Begins A Remarkable Adventure That Is Bewildering, At Times Hilarious, And Ultimately Immensely Rewarding A House In Fez Chronicles Their Meticulous Restoration, But It Is Also A Journey Into Moroccan Customs And Lore And A Window Into The Lives Of Its People As Friendships Blossom When The Riad Is Finally Returned To Its Former Glory, Suzanna Finds She Has Not Just Restored An Old House, But Also Her Soul.


10 thoughts on “A House in Fez

  1. says:

    Suzanna Clarke is a reporter for the Brisbane Courier and in A HOUSE IN FEZ she relates how she and her husband fell in love with a country and purchased, then renovated, a centuries old house in Fez, Morocco Only able to spend a few months at a time in Morocco, a lot of the work had to be done remotely from Australia with a few good friends back in Morocco helping out where they can In between the story of the renovations, locating tradesmen and dealing with red tape Suzanna also relates the Suzanna Clarke is a reporter for the Brisbane Courier and in A HOUSE IN FEZ she relates how she and her husband fell in love with a country and purchased, then renovated, a centuries old house in Fez, Morocco Only able to spend a few months at a time in Morocco, a lot of the work had to be done remotely from Australia with a few good friends back in Morocco helping out where they can In between the story of the renovations, locating tradesmen and dealing with red tape Suzanna also relates the rich history of the country, the religious...


  2. says:

    An pleasant enough read travel lit lite and as a fellow expat living in Morocco I m a Peace Corps Volunteer serving here I can empathize with some of Clarke s frustrations, but like many of the other commenters, I was struck by how little interaction Clarke really had with Morocco.Her primary social group was almost entirely made up of foreigners, and the only Moroccans she regularly interacted with were her employees, or the two women she formed fraught and unequal relationships with Whi An pleasant enough read travel lit lite and as a fellow expat living in Morocco I m a Peace Corps Volunteer serving here I can empathize with some of Clarke s frustrations, but like many of the other commenters, I was struck by how little interaction Clarke really had with Morocco.Her primary social group was almost entirely made up of foreigners, and the only Moroccans she regularly interacted with were her employees, or the two women she formed fraught and unequal relationships with While Clarke was enad with Morocco and was generally positive about Moroccan culture, she made no effort to learn the language, meaning she could only interact with Moroccans who spoke English or French meaning she only could speak with Moroccans who were educated enough to sp...


  3. says:

    I wish there werestars, 5 does not seem enough for this book History, culture through an outsider s eyes, home restoration and the human connection that makes the world go round This book will fuel my day dreams for years to come.


  4. says:

    Unusually for me, I actually had to force myself to finish this book Other reviewers have cited the author s tone as something of a turn off As a frequent visitor to the Middle East, I m familiar with the frustrations that Ms Clarke expresses Why is everything so needlessly complex but there was a cross between self congratulation for dealing with Moroccan bureaucracy and the informal economy read tips a...


  5. says:

    I decided to read this book because we were thinking about traveling to Morocco in the fall and I wanted to get excited about the trip This book had the exact opposite effect I m certain it was unintentional, but the author made Morocco sound really unappealing She obviously enjoys living there, but completely failed at conveying why she does I also found the author to be v...


  6. says:

    I liked this book and part of me wants to give it another star because it is about Morocco, a country I love deeply but I at this point I just have to keep it at three starts It was a good enough read but not as great as other books out there that are similar not that you shouldn t read this to getof a glimpse of moving to Morocco I was deeply disappointed with the fact that Clarke, who was moving from Australia to Morocco part time had very little contact with Moroccans Unfortunately I liked this book and part of me wants to give it another star because it is about Morocco, a country I love deeply but I at this point I just have to keep it at three starts It was a good enough read but not as great as other books out there that are similar not that you shouldn t read this to getof a glimpse of moving to Morocco I was deeply disappointed with the fact that Clarke, who was moving from Australia to Morocco part time had very little contact with Moroccans Unfortunately, this is something quite a lot of expatriates seem to to, or get stuck in I ve heard some people say it s because western and eastern cultures are so different but I don t think it s so much that as I saw the same thing happen when I studied in France, many, many other students only stuck with other Americans.I m not so taken aback by her choice to study French It probably is much easier of a start for a lot of wes...


  7. says:

    Not impressive, as travel writing goes Clarke is neither patient nor humorous enough to pull it off, and is rather ungraceful in dealing with unforeseen issues with buying a house and living in a foreign country Understandable, but makes for a boring annoying book.


  8. says:

    I was very disappointed in this book I recently read The Caliph s House, about restoring a traditional house in Casablanca The problem is not that this book about restoring a traditional house in Fez or F s is too similar to the other, but rather that it is so inferior in style and flavor The most annoying thing for me was that that author continually talks about how much each thing costs Prices, amounts of dirhams, and how every Moroccan is always cheating the Australian author and her I was very disappointed in this book I recently read The Caliph s House, about restoring a traditional house in Casablanca The problem is not that this book about restoring a traditional house in Fez or F s is too similar to the other, but rather that it is so inferior in style and flavor The most annoying thing for me was that that author continually talks about how much each thing costs Price...


  9. says:

    I purchased this book to read before our trip to Fez, Morocco last month However, I only got through the first 3 chapters before we arrived in Fez There was so much to see and do in Morocco, I didn t have one minute to pick up this account of an Australian couple who bought a riad in the heart of Fez in the ancient Medina We also stayed at a first class, great old riad called Ryad Mabrouka in the Medina We also met a British couple from London the same area where my daughter lives, Chiswic I purchased this book to read before our trip to Fez, Morocco last month However, I only got through the first 3 chapters before we arrived in Fez There was so much to see and do in Morocco, I didn t have one minute to pick up this account of an Australian couple who bought a riad in the heart of Fez in the ancient Medina We also stayed at a first class, great old riad called Ryad Mabrouka in the Medina We also met a British couple from London the same area where my daughter lives, Chiswick who also own a riad in Fez and are rehab ing it For the past 4 years After spending a week in Fez, I pick up Clarke s book and it was tr...


  10. says:

    This is a wonderful book for anyone looking for background on Morocco s history as well as insight into the daily life of a foreigner in Fez It was particularly poignant for me as after reading it I could practically smell the tanneries mingling with the cooking smells of dates, couscous, almonds and sweet mint tea I can visualize the Blue Gate that the french built when they conquered fez and thought the best way to control the population was by granting them architectural concessions Walk This is a wonderful book for anyone looking for background on Morocco s history as well as insight into the daily life of a foreigner in Fez It was particularly poignant for me as after reading it I could practically smell the tanneries mingling with the cooking smells o...


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